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  1. That's all for now

    Women wear face coverings amid the spread of coronavirus, in New Delhi, India
    Image caption: India set a new record for the highest number of infections over a 24-hour period

    We're pausing our live coronavirus coverage for now, but you can continue to follow all the major developments with BBC News.

    Here's a round-up of some of the key stories from the UK and around the world:

    • It's been eight months since China first reported cases of a "mysterious flu" - now global coronavirus infections have passed 25 million, with deaths approaching 844,000
    • California has become the first US state to record more than 700,000 cases
    • University lecturers in the UK have warned that sending more than a million students around the country to resume face-to-face classes is a "recipe for disaster"
    • As millions of pupils in England and Wales prepare to return to the classroom next week, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has warned that parents who do not send their children back to school risk putting a "huge dent in their future life chances"
    • A leading Conservative backbencher has said it is becoming "increasingly difficult" to defend UK government policy amid a series of U-turns in its approach to the pandemic
    • In Germany, politicians across the political spectrum condemned an attempt to storm the Reichstag during Saturday's big Berlin protest against Covid-19 restrictions
    • India set a new world record for the highest number of new infections reported in 24 hours. The country, which is the world's second most populous with 1.3 billion people, reported 78,761 cases in one day

    Contributing to today's live coverage were Joseph Lee, Georgina Rannard, Emma Harrison, Rob Greenall and Mal Siret.

  2. Festival staff 'devastated' by summer of cancellations

    Glastonbury's pyramid stage

    Many of us would normally be spending the August Bank Holiday raving in a field, sheltering in a soggy tent or dancing on the streets of Notting Hill in London.

    This year it's been a very different long weekend in England and Wales, with festivals cancelled by the coronavirus pandemic.

    It's left hundreds of people who work at them without a job - and in some cases with no income at all.

    BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat has been speaking to some of them.

    Read more here

  3. California becomes first US state to exceed 700,000 cases

    Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California
    Image caption: Strict measures to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 have been in place in California since mid-July

    California has become the first US state to confirm more than 700,000 coronavirus cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

    The state, the most populous in the US, recorded 3,696 additional cases yesterday, bringing the total to 702,011.

    On Friday, California Governor Gavin Newsom said he would take a cautious approach with the easing of restrictions in the state.

    "We're going to be more stubborn this time," he said, as he announced that some counties could allow more non-essential businesses to reopen from tomorrow - under limited circumstances.

    Counties would be able to ease restrictions gradually under a new four-tier system, he said.

    The rules range from restaurants only being permitted to serve food outdoors (tier one) to restaurants serving customers indoors at 50% capacity while continuing to observe social distancing measures (tier four).

    In mid-July, Newsom ordered a sweeping shutdown of indoor businesses like restaurants, movie theatres, wineries, and museums.

  4. Cases up again in Australia's Victoria state

    Stage four coronavirus restrictions are in force across metropolitan Melbourne
    Image caption: Strict "stage four" coronavirus restrictions remain in force across Melbourne

    The Australian state of Victoria has recorded 114 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours - just a day after cases dropped below 100 for the first time since early July.

    Eleven deaths were also confirmed in the state - the worst-hit in Australia - over the past day.

    State Premier Daniel Andrews last week said that a recent reduction in cases raised hope that the spread of the virus was slowing and strict lockdown restrictions could be eased next month.

    The state capital, Melbourne, has been in lockdown for over a month, but even stricter "stage four" measures - including a night-time curfew between the hours of 20:00 and 05:00 - were imposed on 2 August.

    Officials have now warned that any easing of measures is likely to be gradual.

  5. How to avoid catching the virus indoors

    An office worker wearing a face mask

    Good ventilation could be the key to avoiding coronavirus as autumn approaches in the UK and people spend more time indoors

    For months we've been told to wash our hands and maintain social distancing to beat coronavirus.

    But scientists and engineers say we also need to think about the air we breathe, as children go back to school and more people return to offices.

    Read more: Five ways to avoid catching the virus indoors

  6. More than 1,000 tests after outbreak linked to bingo night

    Silverdale Working Men's Club

    More than 1,000 people have been tested for coronavirus following an outbreak linked to a bingo night in Staffordshire, England.

    There are 16 known cases connected to the event held at Silverdale Working Men's Club on 16 August, Staffordshire County Council said.

    Anyone who tests positive is being told to self-isolate and having their contacts traced.

    The council is now urging anyone who visited one of 12 venues on specific dates to get tested.

    Read more here

  7. Madrid's doctors warn health system 'could collapse'

    Medics treating coronavirus in Spain's spring reported feeling exhausted and overwhelmed
    Image caption: Medics treating coronavirus in Spain reported feeling exhausted and overwhelmed

    The health system in the Spanish capital, Madrid, will face a "new collapse" if the government fails to act, a group of 450 doctors across four organisations is warning.

    Earlier this year, Madrid's public health system experienced a shocking collapse as it was overwhelmed by Spain's wave of coronavirus cases. Many hospitals stopped sending ambulances to care homes - residents died undiagnosed and with little treatment. According to official statistics, 28,813 people are confirmed to have died from the virus in the country.

    In a letter, the medics say that coronavirus cases are rising in the city, as well as hospital admissions and numbers of people in intensive care. Hospitals' ability to care for non-Covid-19 patients is being compromised, they warn.

    The letter says that at least 20% more health workers are needed as well as many more contact tracers to battle the rising infections.

  8. Can we move on from coronavirus now?

    Can crowded events like Notting Hill carnival go back to normal soon?
    Image caption: Can crowded events like Notting Hill Carnival go back to normal soon?

    Is it time to move on from coronavirus? Many people would certainly like the answer to be yes.

    There are some positive signs from the past few weeks that the number of people falling dangerously ill from coronavirus is reducing, the BBC's Medical Editor Fergus Walsh explains.

    "If you go back to March and April, there was a larger pool of susceptible people, with 1,000 outbreaks in care homes in one week. Now those getting the infection are much younger and they are less affected," says Carl Heneghan, professor of evidence-based medicine at the University of Oxford.

    Meanwhile, medics know more now about how to treat the virus.

    But, our correspondent warns, winter months are likely to bring a different story to many countries.

    Read more about the possibility of life returning to normal here.

  9. Up to 3,000 people at illegal rave in Wales, say police

    People at the rave

    Up to 3,000 people are thought to have travelled from across the UK to attend an illegal rave in Banwen, in Neath Port Talbot, say South Wales Police.

    Ch Supt Simon Belcher says: "This type of illegal gathering is totally unacceptable and we are aware of the concerns it is causing for the local community.

    "I would like to again remind people of their obligations under the current coronavirus legislation and the overarching goal for everyone to take personal responsibility by following Welsh government regulations to keep Wales safe."

    The Welsh government's restrictions allow for up to 30 people to meet outdoors.

    "Unlawfully parked cars will be dealt with and people who continue, despite our advice, to try and attend this illegal event area being turned away," Ch Supt Belcher adds.

    People at the rave in Wales
  10. FDA chief says fast-tracking vaccine is an option

    Stephen Hahn
    Image caption: Stephen Hahn said he would consider "emergency use authorisation" for vaccines put forward for approval

    The top doctor at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said he is prepared to authorise a Covid-19 vaccine before the final stage of clinical testing is complete.

    In an interview with the Financial Times newspaper, Stephen Hahn said he was willing to fast-track a vaccine put forward for approval as long as officials believed the benefits outweighed the risks.

    "We make an adjudication of their [the manufacturer's] application," Hahn said, adding: "If they do that before the end of Phase III, we may find that appropriate. We may find that inappropriate, we will make a determination."

    Hahn went on to tell the newspaper that the FDA's "emergency use authorisation" was not the same as giving full approval for the use of a vaccine.

    The third phase of clinical trials can often involve thousands of participants and can last several years.

  11. One UK death reported but 1,715 new infections

    One more person has died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test, UK government figures show.

    This brings the total number of deaths in the UK to 41,499.

    The government’s coronavirus dashboard also reported 1,715 new cases of coronavirus in the UK.

    The last time the daily figure was higher than this was 4 June, when there were 1,805 cases reported.

    It comes as other European countries, such as Spain, have seen a rise in cases in recent weeks.

    Graph showing cases in European countries
    Graphs showing coronavirus cases in some European countries
  12. US Open player tests positive

    A tennis player has tested positive for coronavirus and has withdrawn from the US Open tournament, officials say.

    The player, who was not named in the official statement from the United States Tennis Association (USTA), has been advised to self-isolate for 10 days.

    Contact tracing is taking place to determine whether anyone else will now need to quarantine, the USTA said.

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    The competition, which will see players performing in front of empty stands, starts in New York on Monday.

    The major tennis event is taking place inside a "safety bubble" which includes rigorous testing and restrictions on movement of the players, their support staff and tournament officials.

  13. Coronavirus cases in Northern Ireland rise by 49

    Forty-nine people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

    The Department of Health's figures show 17 people remain in hospital with Covid-19, with two patients in an intensive care unit.

    Figures on the number of coronavirus-related deaths are not updated at the weekend so the total remains at 560.

  14. All passengers on Cardiff flight told to self-isolate

    Tui flight
    Image caption: Seven people from three separate groups tested positive after returning from a Greek island

    All the passengers on a flight to Wales from the Greek island of Zante are being told to self-isolate after some on board tested positive for Covid-19.

    Public health officials say test results were positive for seven people from three different groups on Tuesday's Tui flight 6215 to Cardiff.

    It comes after a group of people from Plymouth returning on a different flight on Monday from Zante also tested positive.

    Public Health Wales said anyone on the flight should self-isolate at home even if they have no symptoms.

    Anyone with symptoms should book a test immediately.

  15. More than 1,300 test positive at US university

    Many US university students have been doing remote-learning for some time, but a number of institutions opened their doors for teaching on campus. A number have seen outbreaks of coronavirus - now more than 1,200 students and 166 staff have tested positive for coronavirus at the University of Alabama.

    "The rise we've seen in recent days is unacceptable, and if unchecked, threatens our ability to complete the rest of the semester on campus," University of Alabama president Stuart Bell said at a press conference this week. "Now is the time for action."

    Students in recent days have shared photographs of crowded bars and queues to enter venues in Tuscaloosa, where the university is based. According to ABC, the mayor closed bars from 24 August to 8 September in response.

  16. How Covid-19 conspiracies are merging with QAnon

    Marianna Spring

    Disinformation and social media reporter

    Protesters against coronavirus measures in Trafalgar Square, London
    Image caption: "Save Our Children", a slogan used by the QAnon child trafficking conspiracy theory, appeared at a London coronavirus protest

    False claims that coronavirus is a hoax being used to cover up child trafficking are being shared on social media.

    There is zero evidence to support this suggestion - and it appears to be part of the merging of coronavirus and QAnon conspiracy theories.

    Throughout the pandemic, false claims suggesting coronavirus is a hoax and that a vaccine will be used to microchip the population have spread online. Yesterday they appeared on placards at the demonstration in Central London.

    But now those unfounded theories appear to be merging with QAnon, whose supporters were also in attendance at yesterday’s protest. QAnon is a wide-ranging, unfounded conspiracy theory that says US President Donald Trump is waging a secret war against elite Satan-worshipping paedophiles in government, business and the media.

    QAnon supporters have also promoted coronavirus conspiracy theories, including about vaccines. In recent weeks, the movement has gained traction in the UK using the #saveourchildren hashtag.

    Various charities, which work to fight child exploitation and sexual abuse, have come out to condemn the QAnon conspiracy theory, which exploits this cause to plug unfounded and dangerous claims.

  17. Three deaths reported in hospitals in England

    A further three people who tested positive for coronavirus have died at hospitals in England, NHS England said today.

    It brings the total number of confirmed deaths in hospitals in England to 29,550.

    The patients, aged between 51 and 93, had underlying conditions and died on or after 26 August.

  18. No deaths reported in Scotland or Wales

    A total of 123 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours in Scotland, the highest figure in more than a week.

    But no new deaths have been reported among those with a positive result, and the number of people in hospital dropped to 251, down seven.

    Public Health Wales also reported no deaths linked to coronavirus.

    There have been 56 new cases in Wales in the past 24 hours, according to the latest statistics.

    UK-wide figures are due to be published later.

  19. Great-grandmother returns home after five months fighting virus

    A 73-year-old great-grandmother who spent more than five months ill with coronavirus at a hospital and nursing home in Brooklyn has finally returned home, US media report.

    Marie Jean-Pierre was admitted to hospital on 21 March with a high temperature and shortness of breath.

    As part of her treatment, she required a tracheotomy - a procedure where the surgeon makes a hole in the air passage to allow the patient to breathe - and had to be placed on a ventilator.

    Her daughter, Marie Delus, told CNN that her mother "didn't want to be on the ventilator".

    "She was fighting every step of the way. She was fighting the doctors, she was fighting the nurses," she said.

    Jean-Pierre could only see her family from behind a glass screen while undergoing treatment. As her condition improved, she had to relearn how to walk and talk.

    She has six children, 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, she told CNN.

  20. More than 500 people at illegal rave

    More than 500 people are at a rave in a Norfolk forest, after new lockdown measures over illegal gatherings came into force.

    Police said it was "extremely disappointing to see" the unlicensed music event, which has been going on in Thetford Forest since about 23:20 BST Saturday.

    Officers found the rave, near the English Heritage site Grime's Graves, after a member of the public reported seeing large numbers of cars queuing to access a fire route.

    Assistant Chief Constable Nick Davison said it was "clear this is a well-established and planned event which is due to go on until tomorrow".

    "Coronavirus is still with us and continues to be a real threat so it's extremely disappointing to see these types of events taking place when the rest of our communities are doing everything they can to help stop the spread of the virus," he said.

    Since Friday police in England have been able to fine organisers of illegal gatherings of more than 30 people, such as raves, up to £10,000.

    Read more on this story here and here are the rules on gatherings in the UK